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Mental Wellness for Healthcare Workers

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

Did you know that healthcare workers have one of the most mentally taxing jobs? There are several reasons that a healthcare worker’s job takes a toll on their mental wellbeing.


Mentally Taxing

There are several factors that lead to overwhelming mental challenges for many healthcare workers. Consider the following elements these workers face during their workday:

· Trauma-related scenes can cause intense mental stress.

· The overwhelming need to save lives can weigh on them heavily, especially when situations turn out unfavorably.

· Becoming close with patients who take a turn for the worst.

· Long hours are also incredibly taxing.

It’s important for these workers to find ways to relieve their stress and promote mental wellness.


Finding Relief

The following tips can provide healthcare workers with potential relief from the stresses of their jobs.


Vitamin D

You can take vitamin D supplements. However, getting the real thing is more beneficial. There’s no substitute for natural sunshine. This balances your mood and helps with depression.


Eating Healthy

Eating a balanced and healthy diet not only fights hunger but provides the vitamins and minerals you need to remain physically and mentally sound. Physical wellness always promotes mental wellness.

Consider increasing the number of vegetables and fruits you eat. Aim for fresh items instead of canned or prepackaged options. Additionally, decreasing your sugar and alcohol intake can be beneficial as well.


Sleeping Well

Getting enough sleep can provide mental benefits. However, you need to sleep well. There is a difference between sleeping well and just plain sleeping. When you’re comfortable and sleep well, you end up being more rested, which leads to mental wellness.

It can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself when you’re constantly taking care of others. However, if you want to be efficient and effective in the medical field, you must be physically and mentally well yourself.

Take some time out of each day to make sure you tend to your mental wellness. Even a minimal amount of time can provide huge benefits in the end.



Resources

https://hbr.org/2020/05/how-health-care-workers-can-take-care-of-themselves




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